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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Cancer support

Lutheran Cancer Resource Center, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 109, 435-7584, will hold the following support groups in January: 4 p.m. Jan. 7, brain tumor; 4 p.m. Jan. 14, ovarian/gyn; 4 p.m. Jan. 15, head and neck; 4 p.m. Jan. 16, lymphoma/leukemia/multiple myeloma; 4 p.m. Jan. 20, lung cancer; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21, breast cancer; 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Smoke Busters; and 6 p.m. Jan. 28, ostomy.

Alzheimer’s help

The Alzheimer's Association holds these free January support groups: 10 a.m. Jan. 2, Waynedale Library, 2200 Lower Huntington Road; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Parkview Hospital, 2001 Stults Road, Huntington; 10 a.m. Jan. 9, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St.; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 8010 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 9 a.m. Jan. 13, Robinson United Methodist Church, 12707 Tonkel Road; 6 p.m. Jan. 13, Abundant Life Church, 3301 Coliseum Blvd. E.; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13, United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16, First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St.; 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Heimach Senior Center, 1800 E. Seventh St., Auburn; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Adams Memorial Hospital, Monroe Classroom, 1100 Mercer Ave., Decatur; and 7 p.m. Jan. 16, Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Conference Room A.

NAMI meeting

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Carriage House Clubhouse, 3327 Lake Ave. For more information, call 447-8990.

Down Syndrome speaker

DSANI will host Dr. Brian Skotko, MPP, brother to a sister with Down Syndrome, medical geneticist, author and speaker, at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Sweetwater Sound's Theater, 5501 US 30 W. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, Skotko will speak with Sue Levin at 10-11:30 a.m. March 1 at Kachmann Auditorium on the campus of Lutheran Hospital, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The workshop is for adult brothers and sisters of siblings with Down Syndrome and for siblings high school age and up along with parents of children with Down Syndrome and any other special needs. To RSVP, email or call 471-9964.

Blood drives

American Red Cross January blood drives:

•8 a.m.-noon Jan. 4, United Methodist Church of the Covenant, Meeting Room, 10001 Coldwater Road

•9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 5, St. Joseph Catholic church, cafeteria, 2213 Brooklyn Ave.

•8 a.m.-noon, Jan. 6, PNC Bank, Training Room, 110 W. Berry St.

•3-7 p.m. Jan. 7, Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St. This blood drive is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

•2-6 p.m. Jan. 10, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana, Learning Center A & B, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive E. This is a Give Blood, Get a Cookie blood drive. Enjoy Girl Scout cookies in the refreshment area.

•10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison St.

•2-8 p.m. Jan. 13, Grabill Missionary Church, gymnasium, 13637 State St., Grabill. This is a Give Blood, Get a Cookie blood drive. Enjoy Girl Scout cookies in the refreshment area.

•1-4 p.m. Jan. 13, Lassus Handy Dandy, 8830 Coldwater Road

•1-3:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Tomkinson BMW, 929 Avenue of Autos at the 14/69 Auto Mall

•10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Kelley Automotive, 633 Avenue of Autos.

Traditional whole blood or double red cell donation:

•11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

•Noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

•8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday

•8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 480-8299 to schedule platelet donation):

•6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday

•11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday

•11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday

•11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday

•6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday

•6:30 a.m.-noon Saturday

•8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd, Suite 107 (South Lobby) Traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation (no platelet pheresis Wednesdays):

•Noon-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday

•Wednesday - Closed

•6 a.m.-noon Thursday through Saturday

•Noon-6 p.m. second Thursday of the month.